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Allan Punton

11th November 2014

Based on the glorious East Devon coast, Allan has developed his distinctive approach to creating compositions in hand cut glass sculptures and wall art over the last twenty years.

WHY DO YOU WORK WITH GLASS AS AN EXPRESSIVE ART FORM?

My favourite material is transparent coloured glass made in Venice which I then hand cut to compose unique artworks. Nothing else can use light to add vitality and vibrancy to my work. The mood and strength of colours change through the day as the ambient light levels alter.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ART?

Intriguing and expressive, abstract and contemporary.

IS THERE AN ARTIST YOU PARTICULARLY ADMIRE?

Marc Chagall, for me, has a fascinating approach to conveying meaning in his work and was a master of colour. All Saints Church, Tudeley, Kent is the only church in the world where all its windows are designed by Chagall. These windows create such a powerful yet calming atmosphere.

DO YOU ENVISAGE A SETTING FOR YOUR WORK?

When I design an artwork for a client commission I always aim to be sympathetic to the intended location in terns of size, materials, subject and tonal colours. When I create an artwork with an integral wood substrate I respond to the grain and texture of the substrate too, so that the glasswork is in sympathy with the wood.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE PIECE?

Last year I worked very closely with a client to create an artwork 8 feet by 2 feet as an external courtyard installation. I enjoyed particularly working on that design because of the close dialogue throughout the project. I made two small samples using the range of colours selected and these were evaluated on site to make sure the tonal range was appropriate. It is always hugely satisfying to work with enthusiastic clients!

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

My method of work and the materials I use dictate that each artwork I create takes a substantial number of hours work. I will continue to focus on maintaining my distinctive style whilst devising fresh compositions that meet client commission briefs in artistic and financial terms.

 

To view more examples of Allan's work visit http://www.artopunto.co

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